Category of Organisms Marine Mammals
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum/Division Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Cetacea
Family Delphinidae
Genus Feresa
Species attenuata
Binomial Name
Feresa attenuata
Author Gray, 1874
Common Name Pygmy killer whale
Local Name  
Size Range
Ranks among the smallest member of its subfamily. Averaging 2.1-2.6 m in length
Environment/Habitat
The pygmy killer whale occurs in deep, warm waters, generally beyond the edge of the continental shelf, and rarely close to shore (except near some oceanic island groups where the water is deep and clear). This species is mainly tropical, but occasionally strays into warm temperate regions.
Importance/Value
 
Resilience
 
Endemic No
Found in Marine Park No
Found in Malaysia Yes
Distribution
 
Morphology/Character
The Pygmy Killer is of average size amongst dolphins (a little larger and heavier than a grown man) The body is robust and dark-coloured, flanks somewhat lighter, white path on stomach. The head is rounded with no beak. The sides are lighter and the belly is often white. Several individuals have been seen with a white lining around the mouth and chin. The dorsal fin is tall and slightly falcate. Have 16-24 conical teeth in upper jaw, 20-26 in lower jaw. Usually very shy.
Biology
It is known to eat fish and squid.
Miscellaneaous
 
Status in IUCN Red List Data Deficient (DD)
Status in CITES Species Database II
Researcher(s)  
Reference(s)
RALF KIEFNER, WHALES & DOLPHINS CETACEAN WORLD GUIDE, PUBLISHED BY IKAN, Page: 168-170
Other Link(s)
Collection Record